Dr. Vasile Bintințan

Dr. Vasile Bintințan is head of works at UMF “Iuliu Hațieganu” Cluj-Napoca, primary physician in general surgery, with a rich surgical experience, being involved in clinical research projects in the field of new surgical techniques and trends in laparoscopic surgery (colorectal surgery, minilaparoscopy). His teaching and clinical activity is carried out in the University Surgery Clinic I Cluj-Napoca.

Dr. Bintințan is a professional with multiple training courses in the country and abroad, concerned with the rigour of the medical act and passionate about modern surgical techniques.

Dr. Vasile Bintințan

General Surgery

Dr. Vasile Bintințan has participated in surgical teams in renowned European hospitals: Universitats Klinikum Heidelberg, AKH Vienna, St Luc Clinic Brussels from where he learned both high-level surgical techniques and the attitude of collaboration in complex multidisciplinary teams with specialists from related fields, a working model he tries to translate into his daily practice.

Since his residency Dr. Vasile Bintințan has been involved in a research project at Heidelberg University which resulted in the publication of the first case of robotic esophagectomy by transhiatal approach in Europe. Dr. Bintințan continued his research in the field of minimally invasive transhiatal esophageal surgery, published an original surgical technique for performing intrathoracic anastomosis by a strictly transhiatal approach and concretized his experimental and clinical research work by completing his PhD thesis entitled: “Transhiatal esophagectomy by minimally invasive approach”. He continued his specialisation in the field of oesophagus and stomach surgery with a traineeship at AKH Vienna where he studied minimally invasive oesophagectomy techniques of radical gastric resection for cancer and bariatric surgery (gastric sleeve).


Dr. Bintințan completed internships in visceral surgery and transplantation at Heidelberg University (2 years), an internship in upper digestive tract surgery at the University of Vienna (1 month) and an internship in hepatobiliopancreatic surgery and liver transplantation at the St. Luc Clinic, Universite Catolique de Louvain, Brussels (6 months). Dr. Bintințan has attended numerous other training courses in various surgical or related medical fields of which the most relevant are:

Dr. Vasile Bintințan worked to implement the surgical methods learned in the various internships and courses. He was one of the main promoters of the introduction of the laparoscopic approach in colorectal surgery (laparoscopic straight hemicolectomies, laparoscopic left hemicolectomies), in bariatric surgery (gastric sleeve), in hernia surgery (unilateral or bilateral laparoscopic cure of inguinal hernias, laparoscopic treatment of eventrations), in transanal endoscopic surgery (TEO) or in endoscopic treatment of perianal fistulas (VAAFT), techniques which are now part of his regular clinical practice. He is an advocate of the implementation of modern, up-to-date protocols in the complex, multidisciplinary surgical treatment of breast, esogastric, colorectal pancreatic or gynecologic oncologic pathology both by using to their full potential imaging or minimally invasive staging methods and the advantages of neoadjuvant radiochemotherapy treatment, and by using radical surgical techniques appropriate to each individual case.

Dr. Bintințan has an extensive teaching and continuing medical education activity. In 2005 he initiated a course in advanced laparoscopic surgery at the University of Heidelberg, which is now held twice a year and in which doctors from all over Germany are introduced to the secrets of laparoscopic surgery. Since 2006 he has been organising a similar course at the University of Cluj-Napoca for Romanian doctors, and since 2009 he has also initiated an introductory course in laparoscopic surgery in Cluj-Napoca. He is a collaborator of the laparoscopic surgery courses organized by the Romanian Association of Endoscopic Surgery in which he is actively involved through lectures and “live surgery” sessions. He is also a constant collaborator of the surgery workshops organized by the Romanian Surgery Students Society, Cluj branch.

Dr. Bintințan has more than 31 scientific papers presented at national congresses and 18 papers presented at international congresses. Dr. Bintințan has been invited to give lectures or original scientific papers at 6 national congresses and 14 international congresses, the most relevant of which are: European Congress of Coloproctology, Belgrade, 2013, European Asscoaiation of Endoscopic Surgery, Vienna 2013, European Colorectal Congress, St Gallen 2011, Intenational Colorectal Forum 2012. Dr. Vasile Bintințan is an active member of the Romanian Association of Endoscopic Surgery, Romanian Society of Surgery, European Association of Endoscopic Surgery, European Society of Digestive Surgery. Dr. Vasile Bintințan is author or co-author of 13 articles published in Medline indexed journals, 4 of them in prestigious international journals, publications that have been cited 59 times. He has a total of 37 articles published in abstract form in Medline-indexed international journals. He has reviewed for the World Journal of Gastroenterology, Langenbeck’s Archives of Surgery and the Journal of Clinical Anesthesia. In 2011 he organized in collaboration with UMF Cluj-Napoca an international workshop on endoscopic surgical treatment of anorectal pathology, on the occasion of which modern surgical treatment techniques for rectal tumors and perianal fistulas were introduced in Surgery I.

Current research projects focus on studying the effects of laparoscopic surgery on the functioning of the immune system during the perioperative period (Grant 1), the feasibility of reducing the size of instruments and the number of trocars in laparoscopic surgery (Grant 2), on the development of new specific instruments for laparoscopic surgery (Grant 3), on the evaluation of the contribution of virtual reality in the learning of surgical techniques, on the results of the laparoscopic approach in hernia surgery and in acute pancreatitis, severe necrotic or local endoscopic excision of low-risk rectal tumours.

Of course, the pathology addressed by Dr. Bintințan includes all common conditions such as different types of hernias, eventrations, cholecyst (gallstones), pancreas, liver, stomach shrinkage surgeries, both through minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery and, naturally, classic surgery.